Harry Reid’s Republican support

HARRY REID’S REPUBLICAN SUPPORT…. This may sound like an odd question, but is there another Democratic Senate incumbent, anywhere in the country, who has as much Republican support as Nevada’s Harry Reid? Surprisingly enough, I don’t think so.

Welcome to the Twilight Zone. In the heated Nevada Senate race, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just picked up the endorsement of a very special Republican for Reid — the current leader of the state Senate GOP! And he has a long-running feud with Sharron Angle.

As Jon Ralston reports, state Senate Minority Leader Bill Raggio, who has served in the legislature since 1972, released a statement of support for Reid. A fun fact: Two years ago, Angle ran an unsuccessful challenge against Raggio in the Republican primary, and in this year’s U.S. Senate primary he supported Sue Lowden.

In a statement, Raggio said he can’t overlook Angle’s “record of being totally ineffective as a four-term assemblywomen, her inability or unwillingness to work with others, even within her own party, and her extreme positions on issues such as Medicare, social security, education, veterans affairs and many others.”

But what’s striking to me is how common this has become. Rusty Tybo, the Republican mayor of Wells, Nevada, endorsed Reid a month ago, as did former RNC Chairman Frank Fahrenkopf and former Reagan media advisor Sig Rogich.

Around the same time, former U.S. Rep. Jim Santini (R), who ran against Reid in 1986, also endorsed the Senate Majority Leader, as did the Republican mayor of Reno, Bob Cashell.

It appears that Democrats aren’t the only ones frightened by the prospect of extremist candidate Sharron Angle actually winning.